Ascending Stars look to stay hot vs. Blackhawks

The Dallas Stars will aim to extend their franchise-best win streak and maintain a grip on home-ice advantage in the Western Conference playoffs when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday. Battling with Central Division stalwarts Colorado and Winnipeg throughout the season, the Stars (48-19-9, 105 points) have taken off during the stretch run. Dallas enters on an eight-game winning streak. Goaltender Jake Oettinger boasts six victories during the tear and is coming off consecutive

Islanders keeping guard up vs. Blackhawks

A disastrous visit to the Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 19 led to the end of Lane Lambert’s time behind the New York Islanders’ bench. It also set the table for a climb in the Eastern Conference that the Islanders are enduring under successor Patrick Roy. Now the Islanders are three points out of the second wild-card spot in the conference with eight games remaining in the regular season. They hope to avoid another letdown against

Flyers look to stop ill-timed skid against Blackhawks

While losing three games never is ideal, the Philadelphia Flyers have succumbed to the slump at one of the worst possible times. The stretch run. Still one point ahead of the Washington Capitals for the third guaranteed playoff spot from the Metropolitan Division, the Flyers nonetheless sense the urgency entering Saturday’s visit from the Chicago Blackhawks. Washington has 10 games remaining compared to eight for Philadelphia (36-28-10, 82 points). “We’ve just got to keep on

Blackhawks ride rare win streak into game at Ottawa

The Chicago Blackhawks will shoot for their first three-game winning streak of the season when they visit the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night. The Blackhawks (21-46-5, 47 points) are coming off a 3-1 win against the visiting Calgary Flames on Tuesday, which followed a 5-4 overtime road victory against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday. Chicago has won two in a row just two other times this season, on Dec. 7-9 against the Anaheim Ducks

Flames, Blackhawks try to build some late-season success

Losing three straight games and six of eight has dealt a significant blow to the Calgary Flames’ bid for a Western Conference playoff spot. With 12 games remaining entering Tuesday’s visit to the Chicago Blackhawks, the Flames (33-32-5, 71 points) trail three teams vying for the conference’s final wild-card slot. While still mathematically alive in the postseason race, the Flames are becoming equally aware their stretch run may be leading toward an early offseason. The

Blackhawks, Sharks clash in matchup of struggling franchises

The teams with the NHL’s worst records square off Saturday night when the Chicago Blackhawks finish up a three-game California road trip against the San Jose Sharks. It’s also a matchup of the team with the NHL’s worst road record in the Blackhawks (5-28-1) against a Sharks team with the fewest home wins (10). Chicago (19-46-5, 43 points) is last in the Central Division and brings in a two-game losing streak after a 4-0 loss

Improving Blackhawks take on still-floundering Ducks

Growing pains and lessons learned have been a huge part of the season for the rebuilding Chicago Blackhawks. As they head into Thursday’s road clash with the struggling Anaheim Ducks, the Blackhawks received more schooling in their previous outing. The Blackhawks (19-45-5, 43 points) kicked off a three-game trip through California with a 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday. Frustrating? Yes, as all losses are. However, the Blackhawks are buoyed by having

Kings eye another win vs. Blackhawks to improve playoff chances

With time running low to lock down a spot in the playoffs, the Los Angeles Kings will open a key three-game home stretch when they face the improved Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday. The Kings (34-22-11, 79 points) entered NHL play on Monday in third place in the Pacific Division, which qualifies for the playoffs. But one wild-card team (Nashville Predators) has more points than they do and the other (Vegas Golden Knights) has the same

Focused on playoff push, Kings face suddenly hot Blackhawks

The Los Angeles Kings’ identity “is to play well defensively and break them down,” according to defenseman Jordan Spence. That’s been a difficult proposition lately, but the Kings still are in the thick of the Western Conference playoff hunt entering Friday’s visit to the suddenly potent Chicago Blackhawks. Los Angeles opened a three-game road trip with Wednesday’s 3-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues, its second defeat in three games. The Kings surrendered the first

Blackhawks host Ducks, see positives near end of tough season

After finding a salve for their struggles in the form of the Arizona Coyotes, the Chicago Blackhawks will try to bolt from the NHL basement when they host the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday. Tied with the San Jose Sharks for the fewest points in the league with 39 points, the Blackhawks have won two of three following a seven-game losing streak. The Sharks visit the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday. Both Chicago victories came against the